Sunday, 25 September 2016

ONE SKEIN SUPER HAT # 2

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free crochet headwear, free crochet cloche pattern, free crochet ladies hat

ONE SKEIN SUPER HAT # 2

I just made a poncho for a friend’s mum and thought I would add a small cap  beanie to go along with it.  Coincidentally this pattern was shared on Facebook.  
This link has a neat photo tutorial and these are my notes as I make my own project.
And this was the poncho from yesterday.. so this is the full set

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The link above has a lovely photo tutorial, which is not mine.  I am making my project and writing my notes down here.  You could go straight to this photo tutorial or follow my instructions.  As these photos are already on the link, I am not going to cut paste them here, so please check the link for a visual as you go through my notes.  Thank you.

Edited to add : I have completed my project and while I love how it’s turned out, I feel it will be far better to make it in cotton.  So either acrylic does not allow the brim to stand out like the original OR you need to make a longer start fsc chain.  I love the beanie I’ve made though, as does my client.

Materials usedToday I’ve used about 90 gms of our Indian Vardhaman Millennium acrylic with a 4 mm crochet hook

Difficulty level : Easy to Intermediate Skill level. 

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

Half double crochet back loop only (hdc-blo) : If you have done the single crochet back loop only, then this is the same thing – you just work the hdc in the back loop.  However, to make it more visual, watch http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-back-loop-half-double-crochet/

Hat Sizing Charthttp://www.ubs.iastate.edu/hat_sizing_chart.html.  Please note that the hat you make should be about 1 – 1 1/2” less than the head size to allow for stretch of yarn.  To measure ‘head size’ , pass your measure tape around your forehead at the point that you’d want your beanie/hat finished.


Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)

sc : single crochet                                                      ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                                sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                          hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                                  yo : Yarn Over 
sk : Skip                                                                       fsc : Foundation single crochet        
hdc-blo : Half double crochet back loop only

We start our hat from the crown of the head and work towards the forehead.  We will work increases every row till we have a diameter that just fits the top of the head (for the person that this cap/hat is intended for).  

This pattern does not have specific sizings.  You will work it depending on whomever you are making it for and working the rounds accordingly.

This pattern, therefore, can be made for any head size

All you need to do is work the increases till the diameter fits the top of the head and then you stop increases and work all the way down till your project reaches the length needed.

For general usage, check the Hat Sizing Chart as a reference given above.  

Part 1 : Crown to forehead

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Start : with a magic circle and 6 hdc in that circle.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (6 sts)

Round 1 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (12 sts)

Round 2 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ; 
*2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc* ; 
rep *to* till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (18 sts)

Round 3 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc ; 
*2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc* ; 
rep *to* till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (24 sts)

Round 4 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 3  hdc ; 
*2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next  3 hdc* ; 
rep *to* till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (30 sts)

So you get what we’re doing here.  We’re increasing 6 sts every round and we will continue this till we have 72 sts.

Rounds 5 - 11 : Rep Round 4, increasing 6 sts every round. (72 sts)

Now remember before you go away to complete these rounds, check to see how wide your diameter is getting and stop when it reaches the size needed. 

Round 12 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  (72 sts)

Rep Round 12 for the next 8 cm or till it is the size needed to cover the head till the forehead.

Fasten off and leave a tail for attachment.

So few ideas here yet again – 
As I said before, we can make this to fit any size head, which means little kids heads as well.  
The only differences will be (a) the number of increase repeats you will make to get the crown size (so that first circle that covers the top) ; (b) the number of repeats or cms that you will work to get it to come till the forehead level and (c) the length of the brim.

Once your non-repeat portion is either 8 cm or the length needed, you will then come back here to check out what we’re doing to make that brilliant brim.

Part 2 : Brim



For the brim we will be working a long strip which we will then attach to the cap.  Before we start, decide on how long you want your brim.  Remember that the longer it is, the floppier it will be.  As I said at the start of my blog, my creation did not stand out as much as the original – but I think that is due to the use of acrylic yarn.  If using acrylic, please try to start with a longer fsc chain.  If that works, please do add your comments, along with your start stitch count, so we can help someone else along. Thanks.

So for our brim, we’re working a strip that we will work side to side – depending on how wide you want it.  We will then measure it against the last round of our cap and attach the brim later.

Start : with 8 fsc.  Turn
Note :  See how long 8 fsc is for you with your yarn and tension.  
Add or subtract depending on how long you want your brim.

We will work in back loops only.  You can work in sc or hdc depending on your yarn thickness and the effect you want.  It does not matter which stitch.  So may I suggest you do a few rows and see what looks good for you.

Row 1 : (working in back loops only) : sc or hdc in each st till end.  Turn.

Rep row 1 till you have a long strip that goes around the circumference of your cap.
Quick idea to measure how long you think you’d need to make this strip : After the first few rows up and down the 8 fsc, hold the piece against the brim and see how many stitches you cover.  You know how many stitches you have on that last round, so accordingly you can calculate how many rows you need to make.
So for eg : If your last round of hat has 72 rows, and 4 rows of fsc equal 4 rows along the edge, then you will work 72 rows for your strip and neatly attach it around.  Got it?  Off you go then..

When strip complete, fasten off and leave a tail to attach.

Part 3 : Brim  attachment
Pin the brim lightly around the bottom edge / circumference of the cap.  Using one of the attachment methods given above, attach your brim to the hat.  Then attach the two ends of your brim to complete that round. 
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Part 4 : Brim strip / band
1.       To cover the attachment of brim and cap, let’s work in a neat little strip.
2.     For this Start with a fsc length that will go around the base of your cap, where you’ve just attached the brim.  Join to the 1st st and make a round.
3.     Now work say 3 rounds of hdc in each st all around to make this a 1 – 1.5” wide round.  Fasten off and leave a tail to attach it to the brim.
4.     Pin this strip / band in place and neatly attach it down. 
5.     Fasten off and weave in ends.

Part 5 : Bow on brim


If you decide to make small bow for the brim, here’s what you do
1.       Start with a 10 fsc.  Turn
2.     Working in back loops only, work an sc or hdc in each st till end.  Turn
3.     Work a total of about 11 or 13 rows till end.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
4.     Find the centre of this little strip.  Using a long strip of yarn and an embroidery needle, pass the thread around the centre bit of this strip to bring it together like a bow.  With the embroidery needle, attach this cute bow to the brim of your cap.  Fasten off and weave in ends. 

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